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Mixed family altar

Not all pagan keep permanent altars in their homes, and sometimes its because not everyone follows the same path. You can, however, provide a mixed family altar where everyone can combine their beliefs in one place.

You will need;

Mutual respect. Even if someone is Christian, you should respect that path and if they wish to set up a cross or similar religious symbol. Sharing respect strengthens family bonds, and helps encourage one another in their spiritual path.

Candles. If you worry about fire, you can also use the flameless candles. Its for the mood, to symbolize enlightening and energy.

Offering plate (or bowl, basket or other container). Here is where family can put prayers, promises, offerings, and other items in a single space for the Divine. I would suggest including a small pad of paper with pencil so members can jot down words when the need arises.

Offerings can often take many forms such as food, drink, incense, prayers, promises, shiny things, and intentions. You could even put money, and then the family can vote on where to send and which charity.

Season and holiday symbols. For instance, a spring altar might include eggs, flowers, but also crosses, and symbols of Christ’s resurrection.  A winter solstice them can include symbols of the god, but also a nativity scene.

The family altars becomes a special place where members can individually or as a group, gather together for prayer and spiritual expression.

 

Some Ostara Ideas

I’m sick of winter- so very sick of the cold, snow, and ice. I want spring to come, and to come soon. So I thought it would be nice to start posting things about the Spring Equinox, which will be March 20, 2014.

There are a number of ideas for spring altars, but this one I found on Pinterst via this link.

Use one of the cardboard egg containers (I never recommend products with Styrofoam), and add some flowers, seeds, candles, and maybe some Easter candy as offerings.

What else to add?

Rabbits are sacred to Eostre (Ostara), the Saxon goddess of fertility and spring. There are some links to the Viking goddess, Freya, who also holds the rabbit/hare sacred. What better symbol of fertility than an animal that can easily over populate?

Eggs- Another fertility symbol, the egg can be colored to hide and seek, to form candles, filled with confetti (or seeds), or set out as gifts.

Flowers/Seeds- Set as a decoration, the bloom represents the sensuality of fertility, while the seeds represent all the potential of that union. You can use the seeds for a garden, or use them in spell craft as symbols of what you wish to come to fruition.

How to make rose petal beads- you can make these as talismans.

Beads from Nature – includes how to make beads from seeds to be added to necklaces or other jewelry.

Candy- For me, I prefer chocolate, but you can also include jellybeans and other traditional candies as offerings. With offerings, you place them on the altar for a period of time, and later consume them. The concept is the spirits will ‘consume’ the essence. Maybe they also like to share. Winking smile I know candy doesn’t last too long in my house.

Tons of homemade candy recipes- A Pinterest board of yumminess.

My Ostara Pinterest board. Obviously not my stuff but sites/links I enjoy.

I’ll post more Ostara crafts and traditions in the coming weeks.

Mabon- second harvest

TOSHIBA Exif JPEGThis year, my group celebrates Mabon, the second harvest and Autumn Equinox, on the 22nd. It’s the actual day of the equinox, marking a shift in the season, and when you need to consider preppping for the winter months ahead.

Mabon celebrates the Goddess’ descent into the underworld. (Inanna, Persephone). It’s a time to reflect on your goals and harvests, to give thanks for the things in your life, and to be grateful on what you’ve reaped what you’ve sown.

Mabon at About.com- this provides lots of information on the history, the legend (of Mabon) and ideas to celebrate.

Spell Stars- a fun activity for Mabon using applesauce and cinnamon. These smell wonderful through the winter months. Apples are in season and traditional for Mabon.

Earthwitchery’s page on Mabon- This page shares some ideas on how to celebrate, including some recipes.

One year we made Lanterns. I felt this was perfect since we enter into the dark half of the year, and you create the lantern to light your threshold, to bar negative energies, and welcome good things into your house.

Other activities can include;

Storytelling- Share stories of myth and legends, such as the story of Mabon ap Madron, Inanna, or Persephone.

Brag and Boast story telling- Share a cup of wine, mead, or other drink with the group and share tales of your adventures from the passing year. Embellish the story as you like.

Sing-a-longs- You can share chants and songs with a group. You can find some songs here. You can find chants on this page- many include sound files.

Share your own traditions and ideas in comments below.